Page Reviewed / Updated - November 16, 2020
The Community Care Foster Family Home (CCFFH) program is for Medicaid recipients, which helps to pay for nursing home level care outside of the nursing home environment. (Private pay individuals can also be accepted into this program.) Instead of living in institutions, program participants live in foster family homes. These types of homes provide care for up to three persons, providing a family-like environment for the aging, rather than institutional nursing home settings. As of 2020, there are approximately 800 CCFFH’s throughout the islands of Hawaii.
In order for residents of Hawaii to live in certified CCFFH’s and receive financial assistance from the government, there are certain eligibility requirements they must meet.
In addition to the care recipient eligibility requirements above, there are also criteria for a home to be certified as a CCFFH. For instance, the main caregiver must be a minimum of 21 years old, experienced in caring for the elderly and disabled, and be a licensed practical nurse, a nurse aide, or a registered nurse.
Community Care Foster Family Homes provide personal care, assistance with the activities of daily living (mobility, bathing, toileting, etc.), room and board, 24-hour supervision, and homemaker services (preparation of meals, laundry, shopping, etc.), for their residents. Depending on the home, recreational activities, transportation assistance, administering of medications, and other services may also be offered. In addition, case management services are provided via a Case Management Agency.
To apply for the CCFFH program, one must go through a Case Management Agency (CMA), either by contacting them directly or going through a referral. For a list of CMA’s across Hawaii, click here. CMA’s can also help applicants apply for Long-Term Care Medicaid.
Make note, each CCFFH and CMA is independently contracted with various Medicaid Health Plans of their choosing. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that both are in the provider network for one’s health plan.